WAXHAW – Union Day School students exceeded expectations last month as they made it their intention to help in the fight against cancer.
Union Day School uses the Gryphon as their mascot, giving each letter purpose in their day-to-day life as students. Gryphons stands for G – Giving Respect, R – Responsibility, Y – Your Positive Attitude, P – Problem Solver, H – Honesty, O – Open to Learn, N – Never Give Up, S – Shows Empathy.
It is these core values that set the school apart.
Union Day School was established in 2015. The charter school continues to grow each year and is enjoying giving back to the community.
The school was touched on a personal level this year as one of their own, a parent, was diagnosed with cancer.
The Union Day School faculty came up with the idea to do a community-wide fundraiser, to show support for all fighting cancer every day.
Union Day School decided to raise $500 and donate the money to The Levine Children’s Hospital and to Kellsie’s Hope Foundation, which benefits children with cancer and their families.
In three days, Union Day School surpassed that goal and decided that they wanted to help more people.
Staff members Ashleigh Lanzone and Michelle Konopka helped spearhead the campaign by designing, a change drive. The concept was to have students work for change and help out around their homes or in their neighborhoods to earn money for their donations.
“I am humbled, honored and almost speechless at how incredible the students and families at Union Day have come together to blow this goal out of the water,” Lanzone said. “In 15 school days, we have come together and raised $2,295.90.”
Pam Long, head of school, was pleased with the hard work of the students,
“At Union Day School, we pride ourselves with being a caring school,” Long said. “The zeal our students demonstrated to support not only a UDS family battling cancer, but all families, speaks to the nature of our community.”
Teacher Assistant Michelle Konopka helped take the fundraising to the next level by offering to shave her head for whichever class raised the most money. Kindergarteners came through as the winning grade level. They watched as Konopka got her head shaved.
Money raised was divided between Kellsie’s Hope Foundation, Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, and The Levine Children’s Hospital, all as a donation from the students of Union Day School.